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[audio]Speaking of Music: Louis Andriessen
During this session of the Speaking of Music series formerly held at San Francisco's Exploratorium, Louis Andriessen discusses his works and plays excerpts for the audience. Selections heard include "On Jimmy Yancey", and "Hoketus".
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Speaking of Music series; Interview and Music; Minimalism; 20th Century Classical; Louis Andriessen
Downloads: 257
[audio]Speaking of Music: Dieter Schnebel
Charles Amirkhanian interviews German composer Dieter Schnebel. The program begins with Schnebel performing "Mouth Work", a sound poetry piece whose theory he later discusses in relation to the organs of articulation in the body. An unidentified orchestral piece, as well as "Schubert-Phantasie" is played for the audience, and the program concludes with another sound poetry piece performed by Schnebel.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Sound Poetry; Avant-Garde; Dieter Schnebel; Speaking of Music series
Downloads: 264
[audio]Speaking of Music: Annea Lockwood
Recorded on January 16, 1986 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian talks with Annea Lockwood about her life and music. She describes her “Glass Concert” from the mid-1960s, her installations involving burned, buried and drowned pianos, and her attempts to capture the sound of the Hudson river from its source in the Adirondack Mountains to its mouth in New York City...
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Soundscapes; Annea Lockwood
Downloads: 94
[audio]Speaking of Music: John Adams, 1985
San Francisco Bay Area based composer, John Adams, is certainly one of the most successful American composers of his generation. His compositions are regularly performed all over the world. In March of 1986, the San Francisco Symphony, where he was Composer-in-Residence at the time, performed the world premiere of his “Harmonielehre”, which was commissioned by the Symphony. In this program, Charles Amirkhanian interviews the composer in front of a live audience as part of the San Francisco E...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Exploratorium; Speaking of Music series; Music; Interview; New Music; Orchestral Music; Minimal Music
Downloads: 58
[audio]Speaking of Music: Joan La Barbara
Recorded on March 8, 1984 as part of the San Francisco’s Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series Charles Amirkhanian interviews avant-garde vocalist Joan La Barbara before a live audience. Joan La Barbara talks about her evolution from a singer of the classical repertoire to one that focuses on experimental and new music. She also discusses the difference between public support for the arts in America and Europe.
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; New Music; Joan La Barbara
Downloads: 63
[audio]Speaking of Music: Laurie Anderson
In an interview recorded on December 6, 1984, before a live audience of 1000 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium's Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian speaks with Laurie Anderson about songs from her album, “Mister Heartbreak”. Anderson discusses the influences on many of the songs on that album including “Kokoku” and “Sharkey's Day”. In addition, the composer explains this album's departure from her former release, “Big Science”, which contained the hit song “...
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; Popular Music; New Music; Laurie Anderson
Downloads: 361
[audio]Speaking of Music: John Cage
Charles Amirkhanian interviews John Cage on January 8, 1987, as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series. The program begins with a discussion of two of Cage’s pieces of aleatoric music, “Music For” which is scored for any number of instruments, and “Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras”. Also discussed in detail is “EurOperas 1 & 2”, which was intended to be an opera like no other, and in that regard it has no real libretto nor plot...
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; New Music; John Cage
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[audio]Speaking of Music: Milton Babbitt
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Milton Babbitt. They are joined by pianist Alan Feinberg who plays a number of Babbitt's works including one piece that will have it's world premiere the next day.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; New Music; Milton Babbitt; Speaking of Music series
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[audio]Speaking of Music: Philip Glass
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Philip Glass. They discuss his early experiences in theater, his work with Ravi Shankar, his development of minimal music, and his work with modern opera and cinema.
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series; Opera; Minimalism; Interview and Music; Philip Glass
Downloads: 496
[audio]Speaking of Music: Bernard Heidsieck
As part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian interviews one of the best known French sound poets, Bernard Heidsieck. In addition to reading some of his poetry he also plays a number of taped sound-text composition including six pieces from his series “Breaths and Brief Encounters” in which he combines his poetry with recordings of famous authors breathing...
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; Sound Poetry; Bernard Heidsieck
Downloads: 66
[audio]Speaking of Music: Henry Brant
Charles Amirkhanian interviews avant-garde composer Henry Brant about his life and music. Brant is perhaps best known for his work with spacial music, that is music for spatially distinct groups of instruments, with many of his compositions calling for multiple ensembles performing in different parts of a concert hall. (Note: original recording starts in mid-speech)
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Orchestral Music; New Music; Henry Brant; Speaking of Music series
Downloads: 168
[audio]Speaking of Music: Alan Hovhaness
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Alan Hovhaness for the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, recorded on October 3, 1989. The Armenian-American composer discusses the roots of his musical expression and demonstrates various techniques on the piano. His music is performed by New York pianist Şahan Arzruni, who brings unexcelled vigor to Hovhaness’ early keyboard works and who himself poses some pertinent questions and introduces his evaluation and analysis...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Speaking of Music series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Alan Hovhaness
Downloads: 575
[audio]Speaking of Music: Trimpin
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Trimpin, a sculptor and composer who builds his own electronically controlled acoustic instruments.
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series; Trimpin; Unconventional Instruments; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic
Downloads: 1,128
[audio]Speaking of Music: Meredith Monk
From a recording made on November 11, 1984 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Meredith Monk about her life and career. Recent works discussed include her mixed media performance art piece "Games", her musical recording "Dolmen Music", and two experimental videos "Ellis Island" and "Rally". She also performs a few songs from her opera "Education of the Girlchild".
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; Performance Art; Opera; Meredith Monk
Downloads: 176
[audio]Speaking of Music: Reinbert de Leeuw
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Dutch composer, pianist, and author Reinbert de Leeuw, recorded on November 10, 1983, as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series. De Leeuw performs and discusses the early piano music of Erik Satie, the performance of which has garnered the pianist a global reputation. De Leeuw’s particular interpretation of this music is quite different from the standard...
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; Classical Music; Reinbert de Leeuw
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[audio]Speaking of Music: Maggi Payne
Recorded on March 16, 1989 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Maggi Payne about her electronic music which is created by layering sounds and extensive multi track recording. Born in 1945 Payne began her musical career as a flutist but later studied composition and electronic music with Gordon Mumma, Ben Johnson, and Robert Ashley among others...
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Maggi Payne
Downloads: 83
[audio]Speaking of Music: Najma
Recorded on September 5, 1991 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, the acclaimed British born ghazal singer of South Asian ancestry, Najma Akhtar, and her band, are heard in concert as well as in conversation with Charles Amirkhanian. Trained as a chemical engineer but fortunately doing very well as a singer, Najma has successfully blended the traditional singing styles of her ancestors with the modern rhythms of pop music, and is recognized around the globe a...
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; World Music; Jazz; Najma
Downloads: 121
[audio]Speaking of Music: Tania Léon
Recorded on September 19, 1985 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of music series, the Cuban-born composer, Tania Léon, talks with Charles Amirkhanian before an enthusiastic audience at the McBean Theater in San Francisco, about her work as composer, conductor, concert producer, and arts activist. At 23, a graduate of the Havana Conservatory of Music, Léon moved to the United States where she was a co-founder of the Dance Theater of Harlem...
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Tania Léon
Downloads: 79
[audio]Speaking of Music: David Moss, 1986
Avant-garde composer and radio producer, David Moss is a percussionist and vocalist. He combines slashing textured percussion rhythms with an unbelievable voice that veers wildly around language and meaning. In this program Moss discusses percussion and voice as the vanguard of change in contemporary music; his work with children; producing nationally syndicated radio programs on new music; his choice to live in Marlboro, Vermont; and the role of the composer/performer/improviser in the late 20t...
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; Avant-Garde; Jazz; David Moss
Downloads: 81
[audio]Speaking of Music: David Lang
In the first half of the program David Land discusses how he composes music, in the second half he talks about the upcoming Bang on a Can Festival in New York City. Lang is one of the founders of this well-known music festival. Lang discusses the travails of young composers trying to get their music played as well as the unfortunate friction between Uptown and Downtown music. Heard during the program are examples of Lang's orchestral and chamber music as well as two live performances of his work...
Keywords: Speaking of Music series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Chamber Music; David Lang
Downloads: 174
[audio]Speaking of Music: Mauricio Kagel
Recorded on March 17, 1988 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian talks with one of Europe's most original and distinguished composers. Mauricio Kagel was born in Buenos Aires in 1931 and has lived in Germany since 1957. He is also known as a dramatist, filmmaker, radio drama producer, and conductor. In the first half of the program excerpts from "Ludwig Van"", a collage of Beethoven fragments, and "Acustica" a piece performed on instruments ...
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; Avant-Garde; Unconventional Instruments; Mauricio Kagel
Downloads: 316
[audio]Speaking of Music: Elliott Carter
Recorded on December 16, 1983 as part of San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Elliott Carter talks about his life and his works. In addition to listening to several of Mr. Carter’s early recorded works there is also a live performance of several of his pieces for timpani, the complexity of which are described by the performer. The first and third songs (Anaphora and Sandpiper) from his "A Mirror on which to Dwell" which are based on the poems of Elizabeth Bishop are talked...
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Elliot Carter
Downloads: 158
[audio]Speaking of Music: Ustad Ali Akbar Khan
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Topics covered include the various instruments of classical Indian music, the sarod, tabla, and tambura, as well as the typical forms such as the Raga. The last hour of the program is devoted to a live concert of classical Indian music.
Keywords: Speaking of Music series; Interview and Music; World Music; Ustad Ali Akbar Khan
Downloads: 845
[audio]Speaking of Music: Gerhard Stäbler
Gerhard Stäbler was born in Wilhelmsdorf near Ravensburg (Swabian, South Germany) in 1949. He studied composition with Nicolaus Huber and organ with Gerd Zacher. From 1982 to 1984 he taught music theory at the Essen Folkwang Hochschule für Musik. At the time of this recording he was working as a producer for radio stations, and was a member of the Cultural Committee of the City of Essen. He was awarded the Cornelius Cardew Memorial Prize for “Fürs Vaterland”...
Keywords: Speaking of Music series; Interview and Music; Art Songs; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Gerhard Stäbler
Downloads: 122
[audio]Speaking of Music: Keith Jarrett, 1986
Charles Amirkhanian interviews the great jazz pianist, Keith Jarrett, before a live audience on January 23, 1986, as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series. Keith Jarrett had recently suffered from a self-described “breakdown” and was reevaluating many thing in his life in May of 1985 when he began making a series of overdubbed improvised music pieces which were especially satisfying to him, as they are for most everybody else who hears them...
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; Jazz; Keith Jarrett
Downloads: 1,369
[audio]Speaking of Music: Frederic Rzewski
Charles Amirkhanian interviews one of the most important American composer/performers of the past quarter century, Frederic Rzewski, who has lived in Rome and Brussels during that period. The composer of a famous set of piano variations on Victor Jara's “El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Vencido”, Rzewski discusses his recent music and artistic tastes. Rzewski is known for both his remarkable virtuosity as a performer, improviser and composer, and his committed involvement in left politics...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Speaking of Music series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Frederic Rzewski
Downloads: 234
[audio]Speaking of Music: Shulamit Ran
Shulamit Ran is an Israeli-American composer and long time member of the faculty at the University of Chicago. Her music’s expansive and dramatic nature make her a very interesting composer. In this program, recorded on December 1, 1983, as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Ran presents recordings of her “Apprehensions” a setting for a text of Sylvia Plath’s poetry, and “Fanfare” for two multi-tracked sopranos...
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Shulamit Ran
Downloads: 68
[audio]Speaking of Music, Bob Snyder
Charles Amirkhanian interviews electronic music composer and avant-garde video artist, Bob Snyder, on March 14, 1985, as part of the Speaking of Music series. Snyder is a member of the Faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has been working with sound and video synthesis since the 1960s. He has made a number of video pieces that incorporate electronic music and heavily processed video imagery, three of which were shown and heard during this program...
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Bob Snyder
Downloads: 58
[audio]Speaking of Music: Alvin Curran
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer and musician Alvin Curran before a live audience on September 28, 1989, as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series. Curran creates a sensuous music with instrumental, vocal, electronic , and natural sounds. In addition to his work as a founding member of the Rome based, radical avant-garde, group Musica Electtronica Viva (MEV), Curran has composed for many large-scale outdoor events...
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; Soundscapes; Avant-Garde; Alvin Curran
Downloads: 223
[audio]Speaking of Music: Pierre Boulez
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Pierre Boulez and Andrew Gerzso as part of the Speaking of Music series. Boulez discusses the pros and cons of microtonal music, spatial music, as well as delving into the technical details of his latest work, "Répons".
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Pierre Boulez; Speaking of Music series
Downloads: 621
[audio]Speaking of Music: Jai Uttal
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Jai Uttal on Novemeber 11, 1991 as part of the Speaking of Music series. Uttal talks about his trips to India and what types of music he encountered there, including temple singers from Northern India, Gypsy singers, and the Bauls of Bengals. India is a country where music permeates the air be it chants of the names of the Gods coming out of the temples, street musicians, or the pop songs of Bollywood, and Uttal made sure to sample it all...
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; World Music; Jai Uttal
Downloads: 231
[audio]Speaking of Music: An Interview with Brian Eno
The legendary perspicacity of composer, artist, and producer Brian Eno was everywhere evident in his February 26, 1988 appearance before a sold out audience at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater, in San Francisco, as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, hosted by Charles Amirkhanian. This is an extraordinary visit with the Englishman who has been widely influential in the development of post-rock music...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Exploratorium; Speaking of Music series; Interview; Music; Modern Art; Brian Eno
Downloads: 558
[audio]Speaking of Music: Conlon Nancarrow
Recorded on February 2, 1984 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Conlon Nancarrow before a live audience. After playing a short documentary on the life and work of Conlon Nancarrow, Charles Amirkhanian talks with the composer about his music written for the player piano.
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; Mechanical Music; New Music; Conlon Nancarrow
Downloads: 604
[audio]Speaking of Music: Robert Hughes and Margaret Fisher
Recorded on October 1, 1987 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Robert Hughes and Margaret Fisher before a live audience. Composer Robert Hughes and choreographer Margaret Fisher discuss their collaborations and show a video of their latest piece. This recent work is inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy and incorporates the sound of bubbling mud and the sound of ice.
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; Performance Art; Avant-Garde; Robert Hughes; Margaret Fisher
Downloads: 48
[audio]Speaking of Music: Charles Wuorinen
Recorded on January 17, 1985 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian interviews New York composer Charles Wuorinen. Wuorinen is part of the uptown school of American composers and discusses the difference between his type of music and that produced by the downtown school of minimalists and aleatory influenced composers. He also voices his opinions about patronage of the arts and the lack of standards in modern composition.
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Orchestral Music; Charles Wuorien
Downloads: 120
[audio]Speaking of Music: David Van Tieghem
Recorded on October 29, 1987 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian interviews percussionist David Van Tieghem about his life and musical influences. A video is shown of Van Tieghem playing a variety of percussion instruments followed by a live demonstration of all his various percussion instruments and playing techniques. The program concludes with a collaboration between Van Tieghem and video artist John Sanborn.
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; New Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; David Van Tieghem
Downloads: 51
[audio]Speaking of Music: Olly Wilson
Recorded on November 5, 1987 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Olly Wilson about his life growing up in St. Louis and the influence that the music of the African American churches of his childhood. We hear his reworking of the African American spiritual "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child", his "Sinfonia" which was recently performed by the Boston Symphony, and his work "No More" which is inspired by the political situat...
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Olly Wilson
Downloads: 133
[audio]Speaking of Music: Leo Ornstein
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Leo Ornstein over the phone, while Martha Anne Verbit and Marvin Tartak play a number of his compositions for the piano. Charles is also joined by Ornstein's son Severo as well as Andrew Imbrie. Also heard are a couple of video clips including an interview between Ornstein and Vivian Perlis.
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; New Music; Leo Ornstein
Downloads: 114
[audio]Speaking of Music: Morton Subotnick
Charles Amirkhanian interviews pioneering electronic music composer Morton Subotnick on Jan. 10, 1985, as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series. Subotnick is one of the leading composers in combining acoustic instruments and electronic processing. His “ghost electronics” change and redirect the sound of the instruments as they play. The focus of this discussion is Subotnick’s “The Double Life of Amphibians”, a work of musical theater that combines a chamb...
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Music Theatre; Morton Subotnick
Downloads: 100
[audio]Speaking of Music: Charles Shere
Recorded on November 29, 1984 as part of the San Francico Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian interviews American composer, critic, and former musical director at KPFA, Charles Shere, about his opera “The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even “. The opera, which is inspired by the Marcel Duchamp painting of the same name uses Duchamp’s notes for much of the libretto...
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; New Music; Charles Shere
Downloads: 28
[audio]Speaking of Music: Paul Dresher & Rinde Eckert
Recorded on February 18, 1988 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Paul Dresher and Rinde Eckert about their work in music theater, including their, then, recent show, “Slow Fire”, as well as their collaboration with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, “Shelf Life”. Born in 1951 in California, Dresher is an accomplished guitarist and classical and electro-acoustic composer who has performed with his ensemble around the wo...
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; Music Theatre; Opera; Paul Dresher; Rinde Eckert
Downloads: 41
[audio]Speaking of Music: Jin Hi Kim
Recorded on April 11,1990 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Jin Hi Kim about the traditional music of Korea as well as her own career as a composer and the first female virtuoso on the komungo to experiment with free improvisation.
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; World Music; Free Improvisation; Jin Hi Kim
Downloads: 128
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